Be’er Sheva LC held off a late rally by Kiryat Gat LC to prevail 12-10 in the IPLL regular season finale on Tuesday at Kiryat Gat Synthetic.
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Be’er Sheva led 12-5, but Kiryat Gat (0-5) scored the final five goals of the match to end the game. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome Be’er Sheva (4-1), which clinched the top seed in the playoffs with the win.
Ian Kadish earned Player of the Game honors with six goals and an assist, while Dan Deutsch and Brett Hackel each chipped in two goals.
Silvio Bonetti led Kiryat Gat with three goals and two assists, with Mitch Turkey and Jacob Silberlicht — who got the spot-start for Kiryat Gat off the IPLL’s Designated Player List — each adding two goals.
Jeff Handman (30:00, 6 saves, 4 GA) and Jake Reiner (30:00, 7 saves, 6 GA) split time in goal; Handman was credited the win.
Dan Kaufman (60:00, 10 saves, 12 GA) was dealt the loss for Kiryat Gat.
Be’er Sheva’s path to the top involved a tight game last week, when the team edged Ashdod 9-8 at Kiryat Gat Synthetic.
Both teams saw scoring opportunities in the first minute of play before Max Gradinger (three goals) put the first one in the back of the net for Ashdod just before three minutes had elapsed. Ashdod added another before Be’er Sheva stormed back with three goals, two by Dan Deutsch, to take the lead heading into the second quarter.
Despite controlling the center X, Ashdod trailed 5-3 at halftime. Be’er Sheva opened the second half with momentum, taking a 7-4 lead before goalie Jake Reiner (30:00 min, 5 SV) knocked down a shot into his own net bringing Ashdod back within two.
With high-pressure defense, Ashdod forced a turnover with under 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter and added another tally, bringing the score to 8-6. After a lost face-off, Ashdod won the ball back 35 seconds into the fourth quarter to pull within one. Three minutes later in a man-up situation Ashdod’s Alec Aloni (three goals) made it even at eight.
Brett Hackel (two goals) put in the game-winning goal with under eight minutes to play, earning him Player of the Game honors.
Ian Kadish (four goals) had another stellar performance for Be’er Sheva. Strong goalkeeping kept the game close as Jeffrey Handman (30:00, 9 saves) was credited with the win for Be’er Sheva and Andrew Copeland (60:00, 9 saves) was dealt the loss between the pipes for Ashdod.
Ashdod throttles Ashkelon, 7-3
Ashdod bounced back from last week’s loss, coming out fired up and hungry for the win on Monday to push past Ashkelon in the standings.
Andrew Copeland made 10 saves to earn Player of the Game honors, leading Ashdod LC to the 7-3 win over Ashkelon at New Municipal Stadium. Both teams ended the regular season 3-2.
Ashdod’s stifling defense allowed its forwards to have control of the ball and find good opportunities to finish, putting it up 4-1 at the intermission.
Ashkelon was unable to contain Ashdod in the second half and their momentum continued, holding at least a three-goal lead until the final whistle.
Zach Penfil led Ashdod with three goals and two assists. Alec Aloni added two while Frantisek Kilma and Mikey Pfeffer each had one goal in the win.
Caleb Brodie, Ben Lassow, and Max Wendell each had a tally for Ashkelon.
Andrew Copeland (60:00, 10 saves, 3 GA) secured the win in the net while Gabe Gross (60:00, 10 saves, 7 GA) was dealt the loss for Ashkelon.
On Sunday, Haifa rolled past Barak Netanya16-4 at Tubruq Field to clinch a bye to the semifinals.
Noah Miller scored six goals and one assist to earn Player of the Game Honors.
Haifa jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first half before Jacob Milner finally but Netanya on the board with 1:41 remaining to the break. Yochanan Katz (three goals, three assists) and Alex Siegel (three goals) had big evenings for Haifa, while Gabriel Leonhard (one goal, three assists) chipped in as well.
Eric Fischer (30:00, 1 save, 1 GA) and Andrew Landsman (30:00, 3 GA) split time in goal; Fischer was credited the win. Milner led Netanya with two goals. Noah Katz (60:00, 7 saves, 16 GA) was dealt the loss.
The quarterfinals kicked off last night with Ashdod (3-2) taking on Kiryat Gat (0-5) and Ashkelon (3-2) facing off against Barak Netanya (1-4). The games ended after press time.